Recycling Public Advisory Council to meet Jan. 24 at DNREC’s Lewes facility
DOVER (Jan. 15, 2013) – The Recycling Public Advisory Council (RPAC) will meet from 10 a.m. – noon Thursday, Jan. 24, at DNREC’s Lewes facility, 901 Pilottown Road, Lewes, DE 19958.
Topics on the agenda include:
- Call to order, Introductions
- Public comments (20-minute cap, priority given to written comments)
- Approval of minutes from October 25, 2012 meeting
- Bottle fee collection update
- Carpet Recycling Strategy Subcommittee meeting report out
- Universal Recycling Grant Program guidance
- Recycling market update
- Old/new business
- Additional public comments
- Next meeting: March 28, 2013, DNREC Lukens Drive Facility, 391 Lukens Drive, New Castle, DE 19720
The Recycling Public Advisory Council was enacted into state law by Senate Bill 234 in May, 2010, and charged with advising the Governor’s Office, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, and the Delaware Solid Waste Authority on all aspects of recycling, including development of grant criteria and selection of applications; a methodology for measuring recycling rates; and possible outreach activities designed to achieve higher recycling rates.
For more information on the Recycling Public Advisory Council, please visit www.dnrec.delaware.gov/whs/awm/Info/Pages/RPAC.aspx.
For more information or for directions to the meeting location, please contact Cathy Thompson, Solid & Hazardous Waste Management Section, at 302-739-9403.
We really need to get a better “hold” on our trash situation worldwide, by starting on our own local level. There is too much trash in the oceans and it looks to only get worse. Another way to raise awareness is to take this pledge online … PLEDGE: The Ocean is Turning Into a Plastic Soup. Pledge to Rise Above Plastics. There is a short video that over dramatizes the situation but the point is valid. We literally have tons of trash in our oceans. In the form of large islands … ‘There is a section of the Pacific Ocean twice the size of the continental United States called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Within it, 100 million tons of plastic swirl in a vortex of currents. There is so much plastic in the water that it outnumbers zooplankton by six to one!‘ ” Another good site for information and awareness is 5 Gyres. Recently DSF was sent a picture by Andrew Marino of a bucket full of trash he collected on the beach. The situation is not going to get better, it will get worse, and we will ultimately suffer, the environment already does. There are many sites online that bring these problems to light. We are destroying our planet with materials used for a short time to protect products. We need to reevaluate our use of plastics, and start using products that are recyclable, and less harmful to our environment like paper and glass. The throwaway mentality many people have these days needs to be changed.